Share you switchflipper recipes here! The earlier recipes I tried were a great distraction at cocktail time. Now I’ve simplified.
This first one seems silly to me now, but when I needed the distraction during the first weeks, it was great.
Here’s a variation of one I found online called New England Buck. I call mine the
Plymouth Rock: 1 shot juniper syrup (see recipe below)
1 shot lemon juice (fresh or organic)
a couple of hefty splashes of orange bitters (Fee Brothers is alcohol-free, but I like Regan’s the best) ginger beer (I like Reed’s)
Combine all ingredients over ice except the ginger beer; stir or shake to mix it up, and pour into another glass (I don’t strain, I just use the same ice.) Top off with Ginger Beer.
I garnish it with juniper berries as a nod to the old Bombay. Juniper Sage syrup: I made this thinking it would have some Bombay-ish flavor.
In saucepan 1 cup water, 1/4-1/2 cup sugar (or if you like sugar make it a simple syrup base of 1:1), a small handful of sliced almonds and juniper berries each (I got them at the health food store), lemon peel of half a lemon, twist when adding, and about 8 fresh sage leaves torn in half. Bring to boil and simmer 5-10 minutes. Let cool, strain ( I add most of the juniper berries back in, so I have them as a garnish when I make a drink. Store in glass jar in the fridge. This was my main mocktail the first week or so, and the preparation was a nice occupation at cocktail time. Now I don’t bother.
The De-Cider Pour over ice 3 parts apple cider 1 part lemon juice a couple dashes of bitters a healthy dash of cayenne pepper
Lemon First Aid Over ice throw a shot of lemon juice. Same amount of Pacific almond milk and a couple drops of almond exract Stir it up, and add seltzer to taste. Sweeten if you like.
The Placebo In a nice rocks glass, pour over ice 4 parts soda, 1 part lemon juice. Add a dash of orange bitters and cayenne pepper. Garnish with lemon wedge. I’d throw some Reed’s ginger beer on this too. Sweeten if you like.
The KomGetcha (just made that up) half asian pear ginger kombucha, half seltzer with a splash of lemon juice and a dash of orange bitters.
The Elder Brewtser (local pilgrim name) In a rocks glass Sparkling water on ice a capful of Elderflower Cordial a couple of drops (hardly any) Orange Blossom water Optional – a shake of Regan’s orange bitters (it has alcohol, so if you’re worried about awakening the beast, skip this ingredient)
The Terrific Tonic On the rocks – lemon fizzy water, a splash of Jack Rudy elderflower tonic, and a shake of Regan’s orange bitters. Note: Regan’s has ethanol, so if you’re worried about awakening the beast, get Fee Brothers bitters which is AF.
The Q – My new favorite switchflipper Q tonic (I found it at the grocery store a dropper of Juniper Berry extract, a squeeze or twist of lemon. Yum
A new summer switchflipper: First make a half gallon of lavender St John’s wort ice tea:
2 black tea bags
1 heaping T culinary grade lavender
1 heaping T St John’s Wort or 2 tea bags (it grows like a weed in my garden, so I cut it and dry it and make tea – it’s a natural antidepressant)
In a 2 qt glass pitcher pour boiling water to make tea (I use a big tea ball for the loose st j’s and lavender)
Let it steep for 15-20 min; remove bags, and add
1/4 c lemon juice and 1/4 c honey. This makes a great iced tea just as it is.
Switchflipper – tea total
Over ice, half lemon seltzer and half tea, add a couple dashes of orange bitters.
Yummy and refreshing!
Recent discovery – DRY brand sparkling cucumber. I cut it with about half sparkling water. It’s light and refreshing. A shake of orange bitters adds another dimension to it, but it’s great plain too.